Alden J. Bianchi

Alden J. Bianchi

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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 20: 9.5% ? 9.56% (And Why It Matters to Applicable Large...

While employers sometimes view the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (or “pay-or-play”) rules in isolation, they don’t operate that way. Instead, they exist side-by-side with other provisions of the Act. In...more

8/12/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare IRS Pay or Play Subsidies Tax Credits

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 30: The IRS Tells Us that Employer Payment Plans (Really,...

The IRS recently issued two Q&As on the subject of employer payment plans, the purpose of which was to again underscore that arrangements purporting to allow an employer to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis for premiums...more

6/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Payment Plans Popular

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 36: Hacking the Affordable Care Act’s $100/Day Penalties for...

Particularly with the issuance of final regulations under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, employers have been concerned—justifiably—with the pay-or-play penalties. ...more

4/22/2014 - Affordable Care Act COBRA Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare HIPAA Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 39: Common Law Employees and Offers of Coverage on Behalf of...

Distinguishing employees who are full-time from those who are not takes up a good deal of real estate in final regulations published in the Federal Register on February 12 implementing the Act’s employer shared responsibility...more

4/1/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 43: Coordinating the 3-Month Delay under Employer Shared...

So much attention has been paid to the issuance of the final employer shared responsibility regulations that some might have missed the news that final regulations were recently issued under another of the Affordable Care...more

3/4/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 44: The Top 10 Changes Made by the Final Treasury Regulations...

In last week’s post on the topic of the recently issued final regulations under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (a/k/a “pay-or-play”) rules, we suggested that the final regulations broke little new...more

2/25/2014 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 45: Focus on the Transition Rules under Final Treasury/IRS...

The Treasury Department and the IRS last week issued long-awaited final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility (a/k/a “pay-or-play”) rules. Originally slated to take effect beginning...more

2/19/2014 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 45½: Treasury/IRS Issue Long-Awaited Final Regulations under...

Breaking with long standing tradition—i.e., issuing important rules on a Friday before a holiday weekend, or (failing that) any Friday (hence the reference to Week 45½ in this post)—the Treasury Department and the IRS today...more

2/11/2014 - Affordable Care Act Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS Pay or Play U.S. Treasury

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 48: Obamacare Dodges Another Bullet

A recent Federal Court decision turned back a potentially debilitating challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing premium subsidies. The decision, Halbig v. Sebelius, has consequences for large employers, i.e.,...more

1/28/2014 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 51: Speculating about Code Section 4980H Transitional Relief

(Note: This is the first installment of a series of entries that Alden will be posting each week for the next 51 weeks as he counts down to the January 1st, 2015 ACA pay-or-play deadline). ...more

1/7/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS Pay or Play Transition Relief

Head's Up For Employers: (New) Confusion over Affordable Care Act Delays

A little more than a month ago, the Obama administration announced a one-year delay in the enforcement of the Employer “pay-or-play” rules under the Affordable Care Act—a/k/a “ObamaCare.” Now, a handful of recent news...more

8/21/2013 - Affordable Care Act Pay or Play

Cafeteria Plans, the Affordable Care Act, and Continued Compliance with the Massachusetts Free-Rider Surcharge Requirement—New...

Established as a part of the comprehensive 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law, the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector (a/k/a the “Connector”) served as a model for the American Health Benefit Exchanges that are a...more

8/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

It’s Official: IRS Issues Guidance Affirming One-Year Delay in the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate and Related Reporting...

On July 9, less than a week after the Obama administration announced a one-year delay in the enforcement of the employer shared responsibility (aka “pay-or-play”) rules,1 the IRS has issued guidance making the move official....more

7/15/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare IRS Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

Obama Administration Delays Enforcement of the ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Rule to 2015

In a move that took many by surprise, the Obama Administration on July 3 announced a one-year delay (to January 1, 2015 from January 1, 2014) in the enforcement of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and...more

7/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

Obama Administration Announces a One-Year Delay in the Enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's Employer Shared Responsibility...

In a surprise announcement posted Tuesday to the White’s House website, the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay (to January 1, 2105) in the enforcement of the employer shared responsibility rules enacted into law...more

7/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Penalties U.S. Treasury

Temporary and Contract Workers: Who Is a “Variable Hour” Employee under the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules will require large employers (50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees) to make an offer of minimum essential coverage to at least 95% of their...more

6/10/2013 - Affordable Care Act Excise Tax Independent Contractors Minimum Essential Coverage Pay or Play Temporary Employees Variable Hour Employees Wages

Staffing Industry Compliance with the Employer Shared Responsibility (aka “Pay-or-Play”) Provisions of the Affordable Care Act:...

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”), the federal government, state governments, insurers, employers, and individuals all share responsibility to make affordable health insurance coverage widely...more

5/3/2013 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employer Group Health Plans Full-Time Employees Healthcare Medical Benefits Pay or Play Temporary Employees

On the Manifold Meanings of "Affordability" According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The core policy goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”)—on which there is near universal consensus—are threefold: expand health care coverage; increase the quality of medical outcomes, and reduce...more

4/12/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Minimum Essential Coverage Pay or Play Tax Credits

IRS/Treasury Issue Employer Shared Responsibly Proposed Regulations

Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Act) requires “applicable large employers” (i.e., employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees) to either offer group health insurance coverage to...more

1/17/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

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